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Workshop:

4th Pacific Sub-regional Workshop on Access and Benefit-Sharing

25-29 November 2013, Suva, Fiji

Building on the outcomes of previous workshops, the focus was on supporting ratification and the first steps of Nagoya Protocol implementation at the national level. Furthermore, the potential supporting role of regional organisations was discussed.

Objectives

This workshop aimed to support the ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the Pacific region by providing an opportunity for exchange of experiences and learning among stakeholders from all Pacific countries. Participants were invited to discuss the processes and tools for the effective and efficient regulation of ABS at the regional, national and local levels.

Objectives

  • Awareness raising, exchange of experiences and training to support the ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
  • Exchange and training on key elements of national ABS policies, strategies and regulations
  • Information on and exchange about GEF funded ABS capacity building projects under development in the Pacific region on the regional, national and local levels.

Outcomes

  • Capacities to undertake activities towards the ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol among Pacific stakeholders were improved
  • Regional exchange of views and experiences among Pacific stakeholders on ABS was strengthened
  • Awareness among stakeholders in relation to planned ABS capacity development projects in the Pacific region was enhanced and national perspectives were flagged for integration into the regional project under development.

Participants

Forty participants attended the workshop, including CBD/ABS National Focal Points, representatives of competent national authorities on ABS, representatives of relevant regional organisations and international (research) institutions, NGOs, indigenous and local communities, as well as representatives of the private sector involved in bio-trade and bio-prospecting.

The event was organized with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).